Bhubaneswar,16/03/2017 ( Odisha Samachar )- Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies (NCDS) in joint collaboration with OXFAM India organized a Round Table Panel Discussion on District Mineral Foundation (DMF) on 15th March 2017 at NCDS Bhubaneswar. Professor Srijit Mishra (Director, NCDS) chaired the panel discussion and formally welcomed the dignitaries and other participants to the meet. Eminent social scientist Professor M. Gopinath Reddy (Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad) graced the occasion as an academic expert. He emphasized on having proper mining governance in the state while promoting the kind of extraction which is economically, socially and environmentally viable. Shri Pradipta Kumar Nanda, OAS (Additional Secretary, Finance Department, Govt. Of Odisha) and Shri Ramesh Chandra Sharma (Campaign Coordinator, Ekta Parishad) addressed the august gathering as guest speakers. Shri Nanda suggested empowering of the Gram Sabhas and Palli Sabhas through resource mapping whereas Shri Sharma raised concern about ensuring intergenerational equity while sharing the benefits of mining. Ms. Ranu Kayastha Bhogal (Director of Policy Research & Campaigns, OXFAM India) elaborated on the objective of the meet and emphasized on the need to have a systematic understanding and knowledge of how the fund is being utilized in the state. Dr. Pravas Ranjan Mishra (Programme Officer – Economic Justice, OXFAM India) delivered a presentation on the issues and challenges facing the DMFs. Shri R. Sreedhar (Adviser of Mines, minerals and People) pointed out various anomalies in the mining policy by drawing experiences of other major mining states including Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Shri Pankaj Anand (Director of Programme & Advocacy, OXFAM India) highlighted the possible areas of future action on DMF. The day long deliberation programme was coordinated by Dr. Pravas Ranjan Mishra and Dr. Saswat Kishore Mishra (ICSSR Post-doctoral Fellow of Economics, NCDS). As intended the programme formulated strategies for sharing the benefits of mining with the tribal communities through DMF in the mining-affected regions of Odisha.